Saturday, 14 August 2010

Biscuit Making at Dad's Breakfast!

Well, it's the first day of my hols today - I say hols, technically, its the first day of a mid-summer week off which I usually take during the Summer period.

There's generally a hope to spend a bit of time with Rach and the children, though its also a time to try and get caught up on those round the house jobs - we'll see how I get on with that as the week progresses...

The morning started pretty early for me, awaking as usual , around 4 am with the boys trying to invade the bed and pushing me out on the edge!

Dosing back off for a few hours, I made a cuppa round 7.30 just as Rachel was making an early start for one of her swimming lessons. Seren (who lost another one of her baby teeth yesterday) decided to share some of her tooth fairy magic with Tom by sending him to see if the Tooth Fairy had left a pound under her pillow (Crikey, my currency was 10p or a Topper comic back in 1974!).

Anyhow, first objective of the week was our fortnightly attendance at Duffryn Dad's Breakfast - probably my only social outlet at the moment.

The Dad's Breakfast is held as a part of an initiative for Dad's to network together and spend a bit of quality time with our children.

I find this a bit of a Godsend every other Saturday morning as the children are at the age at the moment where they are constantly wanting to do things, and rightly so!

So generally after I've had my Saturday morning cuppa, checked my e-mails and got the children dressed, (all with a soundtrack to Brian Matthew playing Sounds of the Sixties on Radio 2) we walk over to the Dad's Breakfast Club at The Forest Children's Centre.

Today was great fun for the children, Seren, Jon and Tom , asides from their usual start of requesting pancakes with butter and sugar (a nice Welsh delicacy), they also got to do several bits of picture crafting, and made some delicious biscuits with Dad's helper, Kelly.

I helped Tom make a paper bag to carry some paper objects (which Jon seems to be a dab hand at creating presently). Then a few of us Dad's managed to make some biscuits too! As they baked in the oven (under the cautious eyes of Geraint - our resident Dad's Officer and Kelly), Seren remarked on how delicious they smelt!

I have to admit, I haven't tried mine yet, though I put a variety of sprinkles on it (that's mine on the middle plate - the red star!) It looks too good to eat!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Andy's Online Sketchbook - Bob Monkhouse

Bob Monkhouse
Inspired by a documentary I watched on the late comedian on Sunday evening, I needed a quick sketch to accompany a review I've written of the programme. A quick pencil/ ink doodle left Bob looking a bit rough round the edges and with dandruff when I scanned him in.

However, a clean up and some colour in Photoshop seemed to have brought the charismatic cartoon to life!


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